Monday 5th of June – 15h CEST (1 hour) – Webinar on land and water data collection using low cost smartphones in Somalia
The Somalia Water and Land Information Management project (SWALIM http://www.faoswalim.org ) is one of the few UN development programmes to have information management as its...
In a recent article on Harvard Business Review, Ndubuisi Ekekwe explores how digital technology is poised at providing a solution to increase farm productivity in Africa.
In this article he reviews the food challenges affecting Africa such as weather changes, rural-urban migration that deprives...
M-Pesa (M is for mobile, “pesa” is Swahili for “money”) was launched by Safaricom, Vodafone’s Kenyan associate, on March 6, 2007. The service is designed to safely send receive and store money via a simple mobile phone. The service also allows customers to make bill payments and top-up airtime.
In India’s southern state of Kerala, because of overfishing and climate change, fish stocks are rapidly decreasing. In order to catch more fish, fishermen are forced to go out into the open sea with their small boats, risking life especially during the monsoon season.
Radio Monsoon radio station...
In Uganda, the spread of agronomical information is quite challenging, and the number of extension officers cannot meet the growing demand from farmers who often need immediate assistance. Thanks to innovations in information technology, mobile and web-based platforms are proving to be a huge help...
There are about 500 million small-scale farmers on Earth, and most of them live on less than $1 a day. They’re often separated from larger population centers, or lack the means to educate themselves on specialized farming methods. Internet connections might be less common in the developing world,...
Grameen America announced a collaboration with Citi and Mastercard to provide financial technology solutions that will assist low-income minority women entrepreneurs. The aim is to improve the organization's ability to promote digital financial access. The project will target more than more than 86...
One of the main problems of farmers and people living in rural areas in the developing world is the lack of access to information on health and efficient farming practices. Other media such as Radio and TV, don't have the same reach of mobile phones, which are very widespread in the developing...
Can technology help family famers in the developing world?
The story of Coconut farmers in the Philippines does offer answers to this question. Philippines has more than 3.5 million coconut farmers and most of them are communal farmers.
Most abject poverty in the world is concentrated in farming...
KrishiSuchak is a WhatsApp-like app developed by Bangalore-based startup Nubesol Technologies to permit smallholders to message agricultural scientist to ask them for advice on their yields, thus eliminating spatial barriers between extension services. Farmers can send their queries either as text...
From 27 February till 2 March 2017 - the 2017 World Mobile Congress will take place in Barcelona, Spain. Mobile World Congress is the world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry, organised by the GSMA and held in the Mobile World Capital Barcelona.
If you have the occassion to participate...
THOUSANDS of smallholder farmers in the region are set to benefit from a digital platform connecting them to agents, buyers and banks in East Africa.Launched by Mastercard, 2KUZE, as the platform is known, is the latest offering in the region hailed as the cradle of African technology innovation....
Mobile has the most potential to improve the income of smallholder farmers in developing countries in Africa, India and the Middle East. The up take of mobile technology (and mobile penetration rate) for agricultural and rural development in the Global South has been on the increase. Connected...
This is the theme of an article by Ishmael Sunga, the C.E.O of Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU) as part of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017.In his article, he premises that from artificial intelligence, to precision agriculture, to the internet of things,...
In Uganda there are markets that open on different days in various districts across the country and farmers bring their produce to these markets with the hope of getting buyers but this is not always the case. They therefore have to take their produce back home and wait for the following week when...
Sustainable Agriculture designates systems in which the farmers realize the goal of efficient production of safe, high quality agricultural products, in a way that protects and improves the natural environment, the social and economic conditions of farmers, their employees and local communities,...
Considering the diffusion of mobile devices in developing countries, the USAID agency has supported the development of mobile applications aimed at securing land property rights and encouraging a better land management by using mobile GPS and cloud technology.
"In rural areas, land is the basis for...
The result of a close partnership between GSMA mAgri and design consultancy "frog", the mAgri team is delighted to announce the release of the mAgri Design Toolkit, a collection of instructions, tools and stories to help develop and scale mobile agriculture products by applying a user-centered...
In the article Target Market Segmentation and Education: Comparing agriculture digital payments systems, Lee Babcock talks about a lesser-known digital payment system that was started in Colombia in partnership with the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation and the Bank of Bogota.
The initiative that...
Mobile phones have reached some of the most remote parts of the globe. Their rapid spread offers opportunities to improve the lives of small-scale farmers across the developing world. Indeed, companies have already started to capitalize on this trend by using mobile phones to help farmers to access...